03 November 2021
'Skiffle King' Lonnie Donegan died on 3 November 2002.
'Skiffle King' Lonnie Donegan died on 3 November 2002 at the age of 71. Donegan was a Glasgow-born musician who influenced a generation of musicians with 24 consecutive top thirty hits, including Gamblin' Man, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour and My Old Man's a Dustman.
Paul McCartney called Donegan 'the man who really started the craze for guitars' - and Donegan had begun to play guitar at the age of fourteen, originally influenced by the folk and jazz music he'd grown up with. John Lennon's Quarrymen band, formed in 1957, was one of many which took its influence from Donegan, although ironically, it would be the growing popularity of The Beatles which saw Donegan's own influence begin to wane.
He died after several years of heart problems, shortly before he was due to perform at a Rolling Stones memorial concert.